Ideal Candidate The ideal candidate will have a strong background managing the planning, design, and construction of water/wastewater facilities. Preferable experience will be in planning, design and environmental compliance.
We also welcome veterans and transitioning military. Consider joining a team of hardworking employees who work to protect and preserve water, one of our most valuable natural resources. The experience you've gained during your service can continue to positively impact the world with a career at Otay.
The ideal candidate should also possess the following Personal Characteristics, Skill, and Experience: Professional and Highly Competent – Business, Customer and Results Oriented – An Experienced Manager – Critical/Strategic Thinker – Able to Consistently and Accurately Interpret Policies, Procedures, and Ordinances – Analytical – Possess Excellent Oral and Written Communication Skills – Honest and Ethical – Know and Understand Basic Business Finance and Accounting Principles – A Visionary and Leader – Well Organized – Flexible and Adaptable – A Team Player – Able to Work with Diverse Groups including the Public.
The Otay Water District offers excellent benefits, a balanced work/life environment and is a leader in the industry.
About the Position and Department Under the general direction of the Chief of Engineering, plans, organizes, supervises, directs, manages, and coordinates programs and activities of staff and of several Sections of the Engineering Department which includes Water Resources, Planning, Design, and Environmental; and provides complex technical and administrative support to the Chief of Engineering.
The Engineering Department is responsible for the Planning, Budgeting, Design, Construction, and Inspection of all Otay Water District facilities as well as the administration of all developer and new customer construction and service applications. Projects include facilities for water, recycled water, sewer and support facilities, such as pipelines, reservoirs, pump stations, wells, ponds, and a treatment plant. The Engineering Department also manages an annual Capital Improvement Program (CIP) of approximately $15.3 million (2024). The Department has a staff of approximately 29 employees supplemented by the services of consultants.
Applications will be accepted until there are a sufficient number of highly qualified applicants from which to make a selection. However, for the earliest consideration, please submit your application materials by September 13, 2023. Interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible with top candidates. For information on the recruitment process, please go to the Employment section of our website www.otaywater.gov or click here.
Examples of Duties
Assumes management responsibilities for assigned services and activities of several section of the Engineering Department that includes, Water Resources, Planning, Design, and Environmental.
Responds to inquiries and resolves problems and complaints from customers and consultants.
Administers the design and preparation of major capital projects utilizing consulting engineering firms or in-house staff; prepares costs estimates; reviews drawings and specifications for compliance with District standards; interprets specifications and District policies and initiates or reviews change orders.
Represents the District in negotiations with consultants on fees and charges associated with design of new facilities; and reviews, evaluates, and reports on work prepared by consultants and administers consultant contracts, including approval of invoices.
Conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies.
Participates on a variety of Boards and Commissions. Attends and participates in professional group meetings.
Participates in continuous improvement. Develops standards, guidelines, and productivity indicators and documents processes of the like.
Plans, directs, reviews and evaluates the work of supervisory, professional, technical, and support staff assigned to perform functions of the section. Meets with staff to identify and resolve problems. Assigns work activities, projects, and programs. Monitors workflow. Reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures.
Participates in the development of and directs and monitors the implementation of section and department goals, objectives and measures to include the District's Strategic Plan and Performance Measures.
Advises the Department Chief and other senior staff on relevant issues.
Develops budgetary recommendations and monitors revenues and expenditures for assigned sections and recommends or makes appropriate adjustments.
Prepares executive level reports, presentations, summaries and correspondence. Participates in Committee and Board meetings.
Develops, trains, models, and enforces safe work procedures and practices for the sections and Department.
This position will be subject to random drug testing during employment. This position is exempt from overtime. Otay Water District is a Smoking, Tobacco and Nicotine Free Campus. All Otay Water District employees are at-will pursuant to California Water Code, Section 71362.
Required Licenses and/or Certifications
A valid California Driver's License and a safe driving record.
Professional Civil Engineering registration in any State and a Professional Civil Engineering registration in the State of California within one (1) year of appointment.
Minimum Experience, Education, and Training Requirements
Seven (7) years of experience in planning, design, construction, and construction management for a water, wastewater, and/or reclaimed water facility, including four (4) years of experience managing consultants or two (2) years of related supervisory experience.
Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field.
Located in the rapidly expanding southeastern region of picturesque San Di-ego County, the District is about 15 miles southeast of downtown San Diego, and close to all the cultural, educational, and recreational amenities of a large southern California metropolitan area, without the daily congestion. Otay has a fiscal year 2021 operating budget of approximately $98.5 million and a $8.5 million Capital Improvement Program. The District employs 139 regular employees who are assigned to four major departments.
The District’s mission is to provide exceptional water and wastewater ser-vice to its customers, and to manage District resources in a transparent and fiscally responsible manner. Its vision is to be a model water agency by providing stellar service, achieving measurable results, and continually im-proving operational practices. As a result, the District continues to be one of the lower cost water and sewer service providers among San Diego Coun-ty’s public water agencies, with its water rates being the third lowest among 22 San Diego County water agencies and its sewer rates being the third lowest among San Diego County’s 28 sewer agencies.